We've added a tenth @MACleanFuture hearing due to popular demand in Northern MA! Let us know what's on your mind. https://t.co/EzjRXxiOUE
On 9/25 @MACleanFuture's climate change tour is in Groton! @MarcRPacheco & I want to hear from you. RSVP https://t.co/QwFQCItEb2 #mapoli
Watched @algore's powerful @aitruthfilm, then heard @GinaEPA speak. We must do more to fight #ClimateChange!… https://t.co/VRGOmF0GQi
Advocate for and incentivize solar thermal and geothermal - made 100% in America, reduces grid dependence, does not take up our landscapes or habitats, does not pollute, does not harm people or kill wildlife. LOCAL JOBS and NO NEGATIVES. Massachusetts should be a leader in widely mobilizing these practical solutions. I am a scientist and an environmentalist - we need energy solutions that First Do No Harm and these are proven technologies.
"Enbridge suspends Access Northeast natural gas pipeline plan" @MACleanFuture #CleanEnergyNow #mapoli @ISONewEngland https://t.co/vaK5qGOZAc
We agree @ucsusa! #climate plan for @MA_Senate: mitigate, adapt, equity @MACleanFuture w @joeboncore @MarcRPacheco https://t.co/ImnLsY6PY8
Alex: "Natural gas infrastructure leaks. That's what it does. I support legislation to stop such leaking." https://t.co/WmOWT7quF1
"The legislature should also increase the rapid deployment of renewable energy; increase offshore wind; increase the RPS."
Jessica, #CambridgeMA: "The legislature must push legislation to increase energy efficiency. We cannot rest on our… https://t.co/1QMttOXJPA
Pam, Greenfield: "Green Banks accelerate clean energy development and allow normal folks to leverage investment for… https://t.co/3sCjERHDr6
John, @UCSUSA: "We need to focus on adaptation, mitigation, equity. Glad to hear CAMP is moving. We need everyone t… https://t.co/YJBDYskd6l
Asko, Jamaica Plain: "MassSolar has more than 1,000 members. We want to end the net-metering caps now. We need an e… https://t.co/R9aOYYLDZu
Kanon: "We need to look at education. We need to teach sustainability. Our schools should be teaching gardening, ur… https://t.co/75GljYoN2g
"Push the @MBTA for fuel cell vehicles. The state should be pushing forward for a statewide plan as well." https://t.co/5D76sWhlNk
"Also, the commuter rail needs to be electrified. And we need to push for true high-speed rail. The #1 destination out of Logan is NYC."
Travis, Conservation Commission of Peabody: "More local oversight needs to be happening in climate change. The best… https://t.co/It3yxI4WIX
Kathy: "For Spectra to build a compressor station against the will of the community -- the residents, the businesse… https://t.co/ID7IcaydDr
Councilman Peter Christopher: "A lot of climate work can be done at the local level, and that includes a lot of our… https://t.co/BWMq7oa1To
Paul: "We need to focus on our built environment. Retrofitting vs. new construction. Natural gas is not a 21st cent… https://t.co/l8IPu13EGX
In #winthrop at the @MA_Senate global warming hearing. Climate change & preparedness are central to our families, t… https://t.co/ZWs4RcGg2A
Carol: "The Weymouth compressor station would be devastating to the community. We have a right to healthy air." https://t.co/qu6pYYQntQ
Suzanne, @MothersOutFront: "It's not about believing in climate change. It's about understanding climate change." https://t.co/RSwtXKSGcQ
Grady, Elder Climate Action: "We need to think about future generations. We should not subsidize fossil fuels." https://t.co/C7CCNLbWC3
#proud of my community taking an interest on the number 1 issue facing the future of our costal community. #winthrop https://t.co/XJRxbxno2E
Kate McKeever @enelgreenpower touts benefits of RPS, energy storage @MACleanFuture #macleanfuture
"Massachusetts is #19 in the country when it comes to RPS standards. We need to do better. And we also need to work on energy storage."
Kate, Anel Green Power: "To meet the Global Warming Solutions Act requirements, we need to grow our #cleanenergy se… https://t.co/UkwOSaIRsK
Frank: "I'm the energy manager for Winthrop and Chelsea. We have an energy committee, low-cost energy efficiency pr… https://t.co/VlroUK2bMD
It's critical that we plug in all communities to the green economy #macleanfuture https://t.co/l5eH3LbkGg
.@joelwool: "I live in a triple-decker in Dorchester. We need to ensure equitable energy policy for all -- renters,… https://t.co/6LTVFEeVsw
"Here in #WinthropMA, we're really concerned about sea level rise."
Cindy, @CleanH2OMA: "We need environmental justice protection for our vulnerable communities." #MAcleanfuture https://t.co/D7WOsdlbdO
.@cleanh2oaction linking arms with community and labor to support #environmentaljustice #macleanfuture https://t.co/vhsf8MLSYA
Health care is on the front lines of climate change @HCWithoutHarm #macleanfuture https://t.co/Dglj72PHDq
"We need proactive risk reduction. We know the effects that storms have on our communities."
Bill Ravanesi, @HCWithoutHarm: "Health care is on the front lines of climate change. Fossil fuel emissions cost MA… https://t.co/ZFn5ngkWOz
Since passing 2008 climate legislation, we've created an enormous clean energy economy, thousands of jobs… https://t.co/turAxQ1kgK
Full house at #Winthrop @MACleanFuture tour with @joeboncore @MarcRPacheco #CleanEnergy #ActOnClimate #fossilfree https://t.co/W61dBy0p5c
The ninth hearing of the @MACleanFuture has begun in #WinthropMA. https://t.co/kM7jZ5ATHc
#Winthrop is already feeling the impact of climate change @joeboncore #macleanfuture https://t.co/sV3iQZAZSN
Do not allow the building of gas pipelines. Support solar, wind, hydro, and digester gas initiatives of every kind. I heard of a place tapping the methane gas released by landfills for power use. Is that something we can do in MA. Thank you for the opportunity to send in a comment.
Tonight. #WinthropMA. The 9th hearing of the @MACleanFuture tour. Join me & @joeboncore at the DeLeo Senior Center… https://t.co/Fxi4nYe6oO
Today MA senate clean energy @joeboncore @GreenovateBos @EBEnvironmental @Harborkeepers @MarcRPacheco https://t.co/TvX7lNQJrP #macleanfuture
Speak to senate on MA Clean Energy Future today @350ma @EBEnvironmental @greenovatebos @harborkeepers https://t.co/NLSZforNJb #macleanfuture
Excited to attend #MACleanFuture tour tomorrow in #Winthrop w/ @MarcRPacheco @joeboncore https://t.co/PebZfjPHVd
Tomorrow: #MACleanFuture tour in Winthrop. https://t.co/zLJthnFzGO
Lawnmowers: their carbon emissions are massive -- the same as jet air travel in the US. There are 63,000 square miles of lawn in the US and every inch gets mowed. This is something everyone can do: shrink your lawn. If you have parts you don't walk on, let them turn to meadow.
Boston Globe OpEd by Kate Walsh president and CEO of Boston Medical Center. Dr. David Torchiana, president and CEO of Partners HealthCare. They co-chair the Boston Green Ribbon Commission Health Care Working Group. The evidence is overwhelming: Climate change is the greatest health threat of the century, and health care is on its front line. That’s particularly true in Boston, which studies show is one of the nation’s most climate-vulnerable cities. As medical professionals, we and our colleagues witness daily the growing danger that climate change poses to the health of people here in Boston. We see its impacts in our emergency rooms during extended heat waves, in treating more patients with asthma and other respiratory ailments, and in investments to make our facilities resilient to effects such as sea level rise. For those of us in health care, climate change is a real and proximate threat. And so the Trump administration’s decision this month does not change the trajectory we and other Boston businesses have pursued steadily for years. While the president may be pulling out of the Paris agreement, we are pushing forward. A new report by Health Care Without Harm, in partnership with the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, details how combined energy-efficiency projects and 50 megawatts of new renewable-energy investments by our two institutions, Boston Medical Center and Partners HealthCare, are enabling metro Boston’s health care sector to deliver a 33 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (47 percent below business as usual). We are years ahead of meeting Boston’s and the Commonwealth’s goals of 25 percent reductions by 2020. Moreover, our financial case for action is strong. Green power is cost-competitive, and since, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, every dollar in energy cost savings is equal to securing $20 in new patient revenue, Boston Medical Center’s 20-year energy savings alone is equivalent to $2.6 billion in patient revenue. We can reinvest these savings in patient care and research, and in vulnerability analyses and capital projects that increase resiliency. Participation in the Green Ribbon Commission, a group of businesses, institutions, and civic leaders in Boston that is dedicated to this cause, has dramatically sharpened our understanding of the risks, responsibilities, and opportunities inherent in climate change. And we have taken action as a result. BMC is the largest safety net hospital with the busiest trauma center in New England, and with three-quarters of its patients coming from underserved populations, climate action is important to BMC’s mission of caring for the community while being fiscally responsible. The hospital has been nationally recognized for dramatically cutting energy use and neutralizing its electricity emissions and expects all its energy to be climate neutral by next year. Partners HealthCare has committed to practicing what the World Bank calls “climate-smart health care” — reducing energy consumption (by 21 percent through 2016) while increasing resiliency through renewable energy. We’re well on our way, but there is much more for us all to do. Boston is the fourth most climate-vulnerable city in the United States and the eighth most vulnerable worldwide in property risk. The region could take a $30 billion economic loss if a hurricane such as 2012’s Superstorm Sandy were to come ashore here, with infrastructure at risk ranging from food and water to the MBTA and utilities. With political will and vision, our region can continue to be a national leader. We can combat the climate threat with smart policies that support cost-competitive renewable energy markets and resilient, clean infrastructure and transportation, helping us all be carbon free by 2050. In the health care sector, we are forming an alliance of Massachusetts hospitals to communicate our climate success stories and needs to policy makers. Similar efforts in other business sectors would build on momentum already underway. Regardless of Washington’s actions, Boston has always stepped up to lead when it was most important to do so. Now is just such a time. We urge our fellow civic leaders to embrace the vision of Climate Ready Boston and set ambitious goals, such as BMC’s plans to be carbon neutral for all energy by 2018, with a campus that can operate in emergencies without grid power, and Partners’ plan to be carbon net positive system-wide by 2025, meaning that more green energy than needed is generated, with excess energy returned to the grid. Structures such as the Boston Green Ribbon Commission and A Better City’s aggregated renewable energy procurement initiatives support the goals of individual companies and amplify collective efforts. Together we can be smarter, to everyone’s benefit, following our governor’s lead and heeding Mayor Martin Walsh’s bold words: “The City of Boston will not back down.”